https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jarvis96

I would like to share my story of learning a new langauge and living in Brazil

Oi homens e mulheres. This is my story on what Duolingo has done for me and im sure a lot of you can do the same. I arrived in Brazil (Manaus) around 3 weeks ago and at the time I barely knew any portuguese. I knew words like Oi, Obrigado, Bom dia. etc etc just words in which you could use to a cashier. I started to use Duolingo as I previosuly did before i arrived and it has done wonders for me. I currently learn for around 8 hours a day and the rest of the day is just revise revise revise till I get it right. After about a week i could understand a lot of words in a newspaper and on signs around the city. Around 2 weeks I can understand what people say and phrase sentances correctly. As in a previous post idid menton that i have little time ill i do an exam and this is why im learning for such long hours. I currently stay with my partner and her parents and the immersion is deffiantly the best way to learn IMO. I just wanted to share that to new learners that you can learn a lot if you put the work in and even for learners such as myself who failed langauge in school and are new to langauges, anything impossible. Obrigado

September 20, 2014

35 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RossiAdriana

I started learning in the same way when I moved with my partner to guarapari in espirito Santo Brazil. initially it was bewildering, I had no experience of Portuguese other than hello, thank you, goodbye etc. it was bewildering because nobody spoke English, only my partner, but he worked and I couldn't rely solely on him to everything, in a way it was a blessing because I had no option but to learn, it has been a struggle, since moving to Portugal we got a tablet with internet and I only found duolingo this week but it has helped me so much already.. I am learning hard to try to get a job here and make friends

September 21, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CraigTaylor

Thats awesome! I really love Portuguese, its beautiful language that I have learned a little bit of, but where I live its a very uncommon language.

September 20, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/alexsandroeco

Where do you live? I can help you if you want.

September 21, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CraigTaylor

Midwest, in the US.

September 21, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/alexsandroeco

Cool!! What state? I live in the southern of Brazil.

September 21, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CraigTaylor

Missouri...

September 21, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fergy106

A little south from where I live. Minnesota.

September 22, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/salvodi

That is really exciting. I'll be coming to Brazil next year to live for a few months. I've made it my goal to study portuguese using duolingo everyday until I leave. I am also looking for a local native speaker that may be willing to sit with me from time to time so that I may practice speaking more. I noticed that when in Mexico, I was confident in my understanding of other people, but as soon as they asked me a question directly I was fumbling for words. I don't want it to be like that when I visit Brazil. I want to be confident in my ability to speak… at least enough that I have the chance to make a mistake and be corrected! :)

September 23, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jandreslami

8 hours a day!!! Do you even find time to get some sleep??!

September 21, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/weareoneoleola

wow i want to no if u new any portuguese before u moved to brazil coz i dnt really no how long it will take 4 me to learn. tbh i dnt mind how long it takes cuz no matter wat im still gonna learn it im neva gonna giv up. OBRIGADA MEU AMIGO X

September 21, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CaelMcHenry

um wat did i just read?

September 24, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Yarouge

That is great, man!

Thank you for coming to our country, hahaha!

I have 2 hints though!

"Oi, homens e mulheres" sounds very strange, maybe robotic... be more informal, say something like "Oi, pessoal!"

Be more energetic when you are thanking... maybe you wanna say "muito obrigado!".

That is pretty much how we roll here : )

September 22, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jarvis96

I know how to say Goalaso so some consider me already brazilian

September 22, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Yarouge

What is Goalaso? Hahaha

September 22, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jarvis96

Youtube a brazilian football match and when they score... you will know what i mean

September 22, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DanielTietz

Golaço

September 22, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Yarouge

Yeah, Golaço!

The pronunciation of "goalaso" is very different from "golaço", hahaha!

I'm pretty sure people have some good laughs when you say "GOLAÇO!!!", hahaha!

September 22, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wi-mom

It is very encouraging to hear. We travelled to Brazil twice and found that some Portuguese would help tremendously. I tried other web sites for learning language, but not much luck with being able to speak.

I am giving duolingo a try with French first, as I am trying to get my son join me for his practice for school. If this goes well, I hope to jump on Portuguese next in 2-3 months.

September 22, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/brightsideoflife

Portuguese speaking people are very kind and ready to help you. I encourage you with your progress in Portuguese.

September 22, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Thomas.Heiss

Hi everybody,

most users from this thread on lower PT levels seem to have stopped learning on DuoLingo. What happend?

I thought it should have been an encouraging thread? :)

December 8, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/YaseenTasnif

Interesting! I love iT! Good Luck!

September 20, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/covic

Completely agree, Jarvis96.

Traditional language classes are useless for most people. Too much grammar tables and cramming, too little spoken language. Duolingo really works. But nothing beats the motivation and non-stop practice of immersion.

Parabens e boa sorte!

September 21, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bryant_Lin

Parabens.

September 21, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/corby2

wow that is international and extremely amazing

September 21, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ayrton1995

that our legal. thanks, want to learn English. ta difficult.

September 21, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DanielTietz

No que eu puder ajudar pode me adicionar aqui no Duo

September 21, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/evk01

Wow! My mom is from Brasil, her parents were from Portugal and they moved there. We currently live in upstate New York, USA. After many years of attempting to learn Portugues, I have found Duolingo!:) My family and I are also traveling to Rio to visit relatives this december! I am very excited but I will have to commit to learning Portugues if I really want to communicate with my second cousins. This will be hard because I am a young teen and, of course, my life is very busy with sports, homework, acting, music, art, and friends. I will try very hard to "Fala Portugues." I hope others are having just as much fun learning a new language as I am! :) ciao

September 23, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/clairebnh

Parabéns pra você :D

September 26, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/enw10

Good luck! The most difficult part will be understanding people. You'll learn all the nice grammatically correct expressions and then get out and realize that people don't actually speak like that at all. Be prepared for people to look at you like you're an absolute idiot and say "Que!?!?!"... often.

September 30, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/clairebnh

hahahah it's really common, because some person doesn't accustome to speaks to a foreigner who is speaking in their native language, and perhaps our accent (sotaque) are different to their accent.

October 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lee.Maria

thanks what you said is very encouraging!

October 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ayrton1995

eu não consigo ler inglês

September 21, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DaviMoraesX

Que legal!!

September 23, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/violet46790

I am also learning with Duolingo. It is really nice. I also go to Brazil every year three times for Business. But I speak just English. It is really hard to start a business with Brazilians without speaking Portuguese. I dont know for how long that I can start to speak. But I will keep on.

September 24, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CaelMcHenry

i have been wanting to go to Brazil for a long time so i started to learn the language here. and when i went i knew things i didn't think i knew. its cray how good things can be and how passionate you can be if you set your mind to something.

September 24, 2014
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